HET seminar: Michael Green – University of Copenhagen

HET seminar: Michael Green

Speaker: Michael Green

Title: Modular Features of Superstring Scattering Amplitudes


This talk will focus on some recent results concerning the low energy expansion of superstring scattering amplitudes.   Whereas tree-level amplitudes generate a series of multiple zeta values (MZV) the genus-one amplitudes generate a series of elliptic generalisations (“modular graph functions”) that satisfy fascinating polynomial relations analogous to those satisfied by MZV’s.  more recent results concerning hyper-elliptic modular graph functions, which arise in the expansion of the genus two amplitudes, will also be described.
The latter part of the talk will briefly review how these features fit in with the non-perturbative structure of superstring amplitudes, studied some time ago.